If you’re getting prepared to take the SAT, chances are, you might be a little nervous about the math section. *Will I have to do calculus? Will I need a protractor? Will I have to use pi???*

Half the battle for the SAT exam is to know what to expect. In this article, we will go over the **general structure** of the math portion, the **types of math covered** on the SAT, and what you can **skip studying**.

Ready?

**What does the math portion look like?**

**But wait one second! What’s a grid-in question?
**For multiple choice questions, you have to first work out the problem and then choose an answer that’s in your options. But with grid-ins, you work out the problem then write your answer in boxes, and fill in the corresponding bubbles.

**What types of math are on the exam?
**So the math section has

**FOUR**different types of questions. Let’s list them here in order of

**which types of questions are asked the most.**

**1) Algebra and Functions ( 35-40% of total questions )
Example categories:
**Substitution and simplifying algebraic expressions

Properties of exponents

Algebraic word problems

Solutions of linear equations and inequalities

**2) Geometry and Measurement ( 25-30% of total questions )
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**Example categories:**

Area and perimeter of a polygon

Area and circumference of a circle

Volume of a box, cube, and cylinder

Pythagorean theorem and special properties of isosceles, equilateral, and right triangles

**3) Numbers and Operations (20-25% of total questions)
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**Example categories:**

Arithmetic word problems

Properties of integers

Rational numbers

Sets

**4) Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability (10-15% of total questions )
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**Example categories:**

Data interpretation

Descriptive statistics

Probability

Now you probably might be wondering, I**s there anything I DON’T need to study ?**Fortunately, you’re in luck! The answer is **Yes.**

Here is a quick breakdown of **things you don’t need to know **for the math part of the SAT:

- Imaginary numbers (anything with the letter i)
- Logarithms
- Trigonometry
- Matrices
- Long, drawn out problems (Everything can be done easily by hand!)
- Geometry proofs
- No radians (Only degrees!)
- Standard deviations

Well, there you have it. Now you have a better idea on what to expect from the SAT Math exam! Let us know in the comments if this gave you a better idea on how to prepare yourself!